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UEFA Champions League fixtures and previews – Tuesday 12 September

Chelsea's Alvaro Morata warms up before the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.

The UEFA Champions League group stage starts on Tuesday, with Manchester United and Chelsea in action

The biggest club competition in world football promises to be something special this season, with no less than five English sides competing in the Champions League.

Manchester United are there by virtue of winning last season’s Europa League, while Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool are also present (the latter of whom beat Hoffenheim over two legs).

The Red Devils are in action on Tuesday night when facing a Basel team who have been a regular feature in the Champions League for the past few seasons although Jose Mourinho will be content with this opener.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have also been handed a fortunate first group game and should make no mistake against FK Qarabag, with Antonio Conte hoping to steer the Blues deep into the competition after winning the Premier League last term.

Celtic have an altogether tougher assignment when Paris Saint-Germain come to Glasgow, although Brendan Rodgers is confident his team can acquit themselves well against a team who have heavy spending power these days.

The stand-out match is probably Barcelona meeting Juventus and both sides have enjoyed a bright start to their respective seasons, while Bayern Munich are another of the favourites to win the competition and they open against Anderlecht.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

GROUP A
Benfica v CSKA Moscow
Manchester United v FC Basel

GROUP B
Celtic v Paris Saint Germain
Bayern Munich v RSC Anderlecht

GROUP C
Chelsea v FK Qarabag
Roma v Atlético Madrid

GROUP D
Barcelona v Juventus
Olympiakos v Sporting Lisbon

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